Roger Gastman is an American artist, curator, and author known for his work in the world of street art and graffiti. Born in 1977, he has been actively involved in the street art scene since the 1990s, and has played a significant role in bridging the gap between street art and mainstream culture. Gastman began his career as a graffiti artist and later transitioned to being a curator, historian, and advocate for the art form. He has authored and co-authored several books on graffiti and street art, such as "The History of American Graffiti," which he co-wrote with Caleb Neelon in 2010. In addition to his work in print, Gastman has also curated major exhibitions that focus on street art and graffiti. Notably, he co-curated the "Art in the Streets" exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles in 2011, which was one of the first major museum exhibitions to focus on the history of graffiti and street art. In 2018, Gastman curated the "BEYOND THE STREETS" exhibition in Los Angeles, which showcased the work of over 100 street artists from around the world. This successful exhibition traveled to New York City and later to other locations, solidifying Gastman's reputation as a leading figure in the street art world. As a champion of street art and graffiti, Roger Gastman continues to work with artists, galleries, and museums to promote the recognition and appreciation of these art forms within the broader art community.
Tools of Criminal Mischief: The Cans IV - Krylon Edition Limited Edition Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper by Roger Gastman Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "This print is the 4th installment in my recent series titled, “Tools of Criminal Mischief" and it was created specifically for collectors here at 1xRun. I have a huge collection of vintage spray paint and markers that I have been collecting for years. This collection features all Krylon cans. Whenever people come over to my house, no matter who they are, they always want to ask me about my collections of cans, markers and other things and take pictures of them.With "Graffiti" and "Street Art" becoming such huge buzz words, and affordable art being more accessible through sites like 1xRun, it's fun to remember the tools that made a lot of it possible." - Roger Gastman
Anti-Graffiti Propaganda Case Study No.1 Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Fine Art Paper by Roger Gastman Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "This piece continues within the Tools of Criminal Mischief series of spray paint cans and markers prints that I've been doing with 1xRun. I have a large collection of anti-graffiti paraphernalia: pamphlets, signs, pins, tee shirts, etc. This image was revisited and fine-tuned in 2013 but it's taken years and years of collecting and digging along with close friends sending me stuff. I am always on the hunt for more. A few years ago, Caleb Neelon and I wrote a book for Harper Collins, "The History of American Graffiti" and the endsheet patterns for that book were a collage of the items on this print. Whenever I give someone the book or they see it somewhere, they love the end sheet patterns and want to know more about it and how I got all of the items. I decided to open the files back up and add some color and re-envision the design to create a collage of the anti-graffiti propaganda. " - Roger Gastman